Article by Joseph Hall, Toronto Star
Clint Seukeran has no experience in the cannabis business.
But he’s long been an evangelist for the health and artistic benefits of the newly legalized plant.
Now Seukeran will have the chance to put his passion to practical use, as one of the first 25 people and companies given the chance to apply for a cannabis store licence in Ontario.
He was a winner of the provincial lottery held last week to open up the first group of licences.
“I thought it was junk mail. I thought there’s no way,” the Brampton man said of being notified of his win Friday evening.
“I just thought it was a joke.”
Seukeran — who claimed one of the six spots awarded for the regions surrounding Toronto — quickly shifted from disbelief to glee as the news sank in.
“I was elated,” he said. “I was absolutely thrilled to become part of this movement.
“Basically I was in bliss … once I discovered it was real.”
Seukeran faced long odds to claim the opportunity.
The 25 winners, who were notified by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, were selected from some 16,905 applicants by purpose-built lottery software.